It will likely result in a Notice of Intent to Terminate from USCIS. A regional center should articulate reasons for late filing, but should be able to operate in the interim. It is highly advisable not to file late.
A late filed I-924A could result in a notice of intent to terminate (NOIT). The regional center can continue to operate as long as its USCIS designation remains valid. The regional center should respond to the NOIT with evidence as to why the I-924A was filed late and include other evidence to show that it is in compliance and should keep its regional center designation.
John J Downey
Send it in as soon as you can with a letter explaining the delay. It should be alright.
The due date for the I-924A is December 29th, not December 31st. A late submission risks a Notice of Intent to Terminate being issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). I suspect, if you can provide a good reason, the USCIS may accept a late filing. In the interim, the regional center may continue to operate as the termination is not automatic, but rather part of a process the USCIS will initiate. Generally, the regional center will be provided with an opportunity to explain the lack of filing and/or late filing after it receives a Notice of Intent to Terminate. You should also consider the lack of filing/compliance will need to be disclosed in any offerings or other related project materials.
If a regional Ccenter fails to submit Form I-924A - the annual report, USCIS will issue a notice of intent to terminate the participation of a regional center in the pilot program. The notice of intent to terminate shall be made upon notice to the regional center and shall set forth the reasons for termination. The regional center must be provided 30 days from receipt of the notice of intent to terminate to offer evidence in opposition to the ground or grounds alleged in the notice of intent to terminate. If USCIS determines that the regional center''s participation in the Pilot Program should be terminated, USCIS shall notify the regional center of the decision and of the reasons for termination. The regional center may appeal the decision to USCIS within 30 days after the service of notice.
Please note that the deadline for filing the I-924A is, in fact, December 29 and not December 31! If the form is not filed on time, USCIS may issue a Notice of Intent to Terminate. However, until the NOIT is issued and the regional center terminated, it may continue to operate. While filing late is a bad idea and should be avoided, we suspect that USCIS may exercise some discretion in favor of those who file a day or two late. Anyone planning on filing, however, should not count on this, and should assume that the deadline is a hard deadline. That said, better to file late than not at all.